There are 5.16 billion unique mobile phone users in the world today, according to the latest data from GSMA Intelligence. Hence, for many companies, mobile presence is important for modern marketing realities. As mobile use increases, the number of service providers increases with the lead role of mobile experience as compared to desktops. Also, mobile-friendly websites will be the hopes of customer enthusiasm and loyalty. Along with websites, desktop application development is leading the world for decades with the rise of the internet, websites, and applications.
Are you confused, whether desktop application development is right for your business or not? And if better, what would it include? If you are thinking about user-friendly, responsive solutions, desktop apps are readily available, accessible for users as compared to web apps. The higher processing capabilities is beneficial for desktop applications to handle more complex workflows than web apps. When you start to build desktop applications, it is necessary to do it in the right direction to be successful. For this, ask some questions before building a desktop app.
10 Necessary Questions To Ask Before Start Desktop Applications Development-
1. Is there a genuine need to build desktop application?
To answer this question, it is necessary to take a look at some of indicators-
- Product needs a hardware interaction
- Do you want to provide a UI or UX that is tough to achieve with a web app.
- The app requires higher security to protect confidential information
- An App requires more processing power for 3D software, computer vision, image processing or advanced algorithms.
- An app needs to run in a non-internet environment.
- A solution needs some RAM memory or other hardware resources with large screens(between 4K and 8K), particular kind of input device or card readers.
2. Who will be the targeted users of the app?
What is the purpose of developing a desktop app? What problem your app is going to solve for users? Why is a desktop application a better way to solve this problem? Can a mobile responsive website be a better way to solve the problem? What platforms will your users use to access desktop applications? What is the real demographic of users? Because these users will determine whether your app is worth using or not. Hence you must learn about user preferences and market and competition analysis. This will surely help you to bring a user-focused development process.
3. What will be the platform for desktop app use?
Before start to the development, it is necessary to determine what platform the app will run on- Windows, Mac, Linux or cross-platform? It will help you to determine the language or framework for development. If your software solution is dedicated to solve a specific problems, then you must use the platform that your customers are familiar with. If your application will go for a massive use then it is better to develop a cross-platform application.
4. Which are the prominent risks with the desktop app build?
Considering this question, can save your lot of time and save you from many problems. You should keep a risk register and update it with an appropriate idea. Make sure that for each risk, there are actions and solutions that are responsible for managing the risk affecting your successful app.
5. Which framework and tool should I use?
There are many desktop app frameworks that efficiently work for all platforms while some will work specific to the operating system. Each framework has its own benefits and limitations. Afterall the choice depends on what you want and what you are going to serve. The framework and tools that you use to build your app will define the speed and performance of development, scale of app-system interactions and screen resolutions supported.
- Windows works with Microsoft Visual Studio and .NET, and is also open to Python, C#, C++, Visual Basic etc.
- MacOS works with Cocoa and Xcode. And also supports Python, Ruby, Perl and C++.
- Linux works with QT Creator and the C++/Qt language framework
- Cross-platform: Most common is C++//Qt.
6. What are the primary assumptions?
Can the app work across tablets and mobile? Can this be one version that resizes you or do you need a build for both. Is there any need to app function offline too? Will it connect and function with Wearables and the Internet of things? Answers of all these questions are important to deliver better user experience.
7. Who are the app competitors?
Make sure that the client has evaluated the competitors in the space you work from, so that it will be easy to route the development towards success. Generally, there are no direct competitors doing exactly the same thing. You should know that it is not an app to app comparison. Hence, you must raise the thinking flow towards future use, how the future app users will solve the problem? By this, you will be ready to solve future problems with appropriate app development.
8. How to distribute the application?
You must plan about the application delivery to the target users. Each distribution platform has different rules that must be followed by you. If your application is accessing a particular resource without permission, it will be blocked by the operating system which can affect your number of users. You built a desktop application doesn’t mean that you can distribute it through the app store or windows store. You must checkout the official guidelines and specifications for each- App Store Submission and Windows Store Submission.
9. How can users buy an app?
Your app users will buy the app by payment through credit card, biometric payment(ApplePay). Hence you must think and work on the security/encryption and device compatibility the app must work on. Also you must test the regimes, the influence that Native vs. Hybrid decision, security & data encryption etc.
You can know the comparison between Native vs Hybrid app at- Native VS Hybrid App Development: Which one to choose?
10. Is there any need of Licensing?
The last question that you should ask is- Is the app covered all legal points? Use of unlicensed libraries can cause many problems. Just think- You have completed the project to learn that the core library is not open source. You may either buy an expensive license or replace the library with another one. This requires a time investment and is not advisable to do in the final stage.
These are some important questions to ask for a successful desktop app development. You can hire dedicated desktop app developers of the Solace team to build a successful customized app. Developers and managers at Solace are well proficient in desktop app development. Connect with us and get a free quote for desktop app development. We will be happy to help you.